One of my 2010 top three and makes my all time list! Mainstream reviewers are all on CRACK! Co-op is king here!
Lost Planet 2 has a very clear theme: Everything about this game is BIG – Big guns, big explosions, and BIG, BIG, BADASS bosses. Players are also given the opportunity to pilot multi-seat, ass-kicking mechs (called "VS"es) along with other players. Blasting baddies in these heavy-duty suits is so gratifying, it's sweet. All this with the point, luck-style unlock system and RPG style leveling makes Lost Planet 2 one of my ALL TIME favorites!
Although controls are different than most standard fare shooters, after a little time spent, I grew to like the control setup. Because of the added abilities and just the way things work in this game I think the control setup works well... EXCEPT when you're close to a Data Pod or VS and want to Melee a baddie. Activating Data Pods/VSes is Circle... and so is melee. This is my ONLY gripe regarding controls. This happens so rarely however that I don't really notice it.
-The online multiplayer versus modes feels a little cheap at times as it's more about knowing a few tricks to stay alive. You'll need to have unlocked some better weapons to really compete in online PvP modes. It is fun though after getting some experience!
-Playing single player campaign will be VERY frustrating. The AI guys are not that great.
I've put more than 100 hours of time into this one and counting. Probably 90% of it with my buddies in co-op. I'm STILL finding new things to do in Lost Planet 2. Just when I thought I had found all the VSes I find another new one hidden in a corner! Check your VS manuals: Most have special abilities!
I highly recommend this for anyone that loves Co-op!
My note to the mainstream reviewers:
Thanks a lot for screwing up our chances of getting a third installment in this fantastic series. Punks! I'm completely befuddled at your conclusions. Did we play different games with the same name? Maybe you should try playing again with a couple of friends?